Status: Read from Feb 21 to Mar 01, 2016
My rating: /5
Author: Jojo Moyes
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows a motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Amazingly romantic, absorbing and emotional. I loved this book. This is a love story in real, where two people don’t fall in love seeing the status, physical beauty or money but love each other for who they are. Though the story was predictable, still I was moved by the main characters Lou and Will. Since the movie is around the corner, this book is getting a good hype. That is what forced me to pick this book to read. And I am happy for my decision to go ahead and read it finally.
If any of you have watched the award winning movie The Intouchables (French movie) released in 2011, you can relate this story. When I began reading this book, I was under the impression that ending will follow suit with the movie. I was thinking the book is very same as the movie with happy ending, the only difference being the carer is a girl. I was so wrong. As much as this book broke my heart, I loved it. I loved the characters, I loved the humour. The story looked real in all terms along with the ending.
The story starts out with Louise Clark losing her job at The Buttered Bun. With the financial responsibilities of her family, she is looking for a job. She has not many options in this small town to take a job of her choice and has to take up a work as a care taker for a quadriplegic.
William Traynor was an attractive dynamic guy with a great job, hot girlfriend and an amazing adventurous life in London. Until one day everything changes. After two years of having no control over his life he has just given up hope.
So, Lou takes up the job as a carer to Will for a period of six months as she has no other option. Will and Lou hate each other. They both have nothing in common. Lou is a normal girl with a normal boyfriend with no aims or expectations in life. Lou was almost ready to quit her job here after her first day with Will. But glad that she didn’t. After her first day at work, Will and Lou started opening up to each other bit by bit. Will started behaving Mr. know it all and giving her his opinion on each and everything she does or says. Lou was okay to take up Will’s sarcasm in the hope that at least that way Will was interacting with her. And slowly they were falling in love. This was so beautiful. Every humour and sarcasm has those feeling in them. It was lovely.
I felt disturbed by Lou’s relationship with her boyfriend Patrick. He was so disturbing in this beautiful world of Lou and Will. I didn’t expect him to show up in Lou’s birthday and behave as a spoiler. I felt happy when Will was able to handle the situation. I felt relieved with Lou broke up with Patrick.
The best part of the book was Alicia’s wedding. One needs to be really very strong to be present in one’s ex-‘s wedding. And Will did that without any regrets. He was smiling all the time and greeting and talking to everyone in a very friendly way. The most wonderful part was the ball dance, Lou with Will.
Lou takes every single step needed to make Will feel that his life has more to give him. His life is not bound to the wheelchair. Wheelchair is not the thing that defines Will. She makes well planned trips to add adventure and fun in Will’s life. Some were successful, some were not. Her efforts were very appreciable. She put all the extra effort needed, not for the pay she was getting, but she did really wanted Will to choose life over death.
This is story of the most selfless love. How far can anyone go to make the person happy one loves? This book will make you think, how difficult it is for people on wheelchair to access the public venues. The ending was sad, heart breaking. But I think this is the most realistic way it could have ended. Everything happened as Will had decided. By the end he was able to convince everyone on his decision. Even Lou accepted his decision. I was happy that he was able to show Lou that life has lot more stored for her.
This book is sad but full of life. At times I felt hopeful. The emotions and reactions were so realistic. The book has equal dose of humour, fun, love and reality. I would recommend this book to each and every one.
About the Author:
British Novelist, Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and brought up in London. Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.
She lives in East Anglia with her husband and three children. She is the author of nine novels, two of which, The Last Letter From Your Lover (2010) and Foreign Fruit (2003), have won the RNA Novel of the Year award.
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